Ayurveda Body Skin Care

Fair , healthy and glowing skin attracts everybody's attention. Ayurveda has many solutions to have a fair , healthy and glowing skin.According to ayurveda skin has seven layers . When imbalanced doshas affect these layers different type of skin diseases arise. Doshas may get imbalanced in body and locally on skin.

Vata dosha is dominant in skin . The qualities of vata dosha are Cold, Light, Dry, Rough, Hard and Mobililty. When vata dosha gets aggravated the skin becomes dry, cracked, rough, dark, dull, lifeless, fissured and scaly. Vata dosha is only one dosha which has a capacity to move in nuke and corner of body and also has a deeper penetrating power. Vata, when get imbalanced vitiates other to doshas i.e pitta and kapha.

For a healthier skin the vata should be always in normal balanced condition. The balanced vata keeps all other tissues and remaining two doshas in healthy condition. The imbalanced vata vitiates the tissues of skin and leads numerous skin problems.

When vata vitiates pitta the skin will get rashes, burning sensation, eruptions and other allergic manifestations. The sweat will have a bad odor .When kapha gets vitiated due to imbalanced vata oil secretion increases, acne and pimples erupt. The skin becomes dull and luster less.

There are two ways to balance vata and maintain a healthy body skin.
Massaging body with medicated oil.
Expelling toxins regularly which get accumulated in body .

Benefits of Oil massage .

Massaging body daily with ayurvedic herbal oil has innumerable benefits. This process is called as “Abhyanga". In great ayurvedic classic Ashtanga Hridaya it the benefits of herbal oil massage has been mentioned as follows.

" Abhyanga aachare nityam sa jara- shrama – vataha | Drushtihi prasada pushtyaahu swapna sutwak daadarya krit ||”

This means
The aging symptoms appear very late in life.
Balances Vata.
Skin becomes soft and glowing.
Skin looks fresh.
Skin becomes resistant to diseases.
Skin looks healthy.
Sharp eyesight and attractive eyes.
Body becomes stronger and well nourished.
The body and mind gets relaxed.
Undisturbed sleep.
Increases Libido.
Rejuvenates the body.

Accumulation of toxins in body which affect the skin:

The inner physiological processes like digestion, metabolism, elimination of waste products etc directly affect the beauty of skin.

The process of digestion is carried out by agni or fire which is present in our digestive system.(Agni is the body fire, which is responsible for transformation of one substance to another. It breaks down the food substances, eliminates toxins and wastes, maintains body temperature, and resists the invasion of microbes by maintaining strong body immunity.

The body fire, which is assisted by balanced doshas, digests the food completely to form Pakwa Anna rasa (the liquid form of food which is completely digested by digestive enzymes), which is ready to get absorbed by body tissues. According to ayurveda .Pakwa Anna Rasa nourishes the body and its components to keep the body devoid of diseases. But when body fire is impaired there will be an incomplete digestion of food forming Apakwa Rasa (indigested food). The indigested food fails to nourish the body components leading to lowered body resistance. Due to indigestion toxins start accumulating in body.)

An unhealthy diet and life style imbalance doshas and the imbalanced doshas impair agni. Due to impaired agni toxins accumulate in body. These accumulated toxins affect the health of skin and the skin loses its luster and glow, dark circles , acne and pimples start appearing, wrinkling of skin starts in an early age. Hence a well nourished diet, a healthy life style and regular detoxification is very important to keep our skin healthy.

Detoxification at home

The herbs amalki , haritaki, and vibhitaki can be used for detoxification. They act as body cleansers. These herbs when used in proper proportions expel toxins , which have accumulated in body. This herbal combination also act as a best rejuvenator. They give the skin young looks, glow and resistance to diseases. Along with skin the whole body tissues get rejuvenated.

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